Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Football Coach Staying at School

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Football Coach Staying at School

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Byline: Stephen Kindland, Clay County Line sports writer

Around the horn . . .

Orange Park High School football coach Ron McCrone has turned down an offer to rejoin the college coaching ranks. The former Jacksonville Tomcats head coach and defensive back coach at the University of Texas at El Paso didn't want to reveal the name of the Division I school that has been courting him, but he was adamant that his decision to stay was based on his belief that newly appointed principal Mike Wingate will do a good job at Orange Park.

McCrone says, in his own inimitable fashion, that Wingate is laying the groundwork to re-instill a sense of pride and discipline at the school.

"We've got to get this worm turned here," McCrone said. "He [Wingate] is the main reason I'm staying."

-- Lindsay Skinner of the Super Bowl XXXIX host committee was on hand during the Clay County Gator Nation's last meeting, and the membership program representative told UF booster club members that the best way to volunteer at Super Bowl events is to first sign up with her program. That way you'll have an inside track about the way activities operate.

"The membership program is the most hands-on," Skinner said. Volunteer recruitment starts the day after next year's Super Bowl in Houston. For more information, call Skinner at 398-1950 or go to, keywords: jacksonville super bowl.

-- Two Clay County Fire and Rescue units were called to The Ravines Inn and Golf Club recently to treat a pair of golfers who tipped their cart over going down a steep hill near the 10th hole. No one was injured seriously, although one of the golfers, who apparently was a bit tipsy himself, required 15 stitches in his leg. No word yet on whether he'll be charged with GUI

-- Ravines pro Ryan Walter says the aptly named course will be the site of a Florida Open qualifier for pros and amateurs (handicap 6.0 and under) on Aug. 15. The event, which carries an estimated purse of $100,000 and wraps up in October, comes on the heels of Hooter's and Michelob Lite tour events hosted by The Ravines. That, combined with the recent U. …

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